Los Angeles Destination Guide

Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.

Until June 22, 2019

La Traviata

Marta Domingo’s take on La Traviata narrates the thwarted romance of courtesan Violetta Valéry and her bourgeois lover Alfredo Germont against the glittering Art Deco backdrop of the roaring twenties. As much a visual feast as it is an aural one, this production stars former winner of Operalia, soprano Adela Zaharia, as Violetta.

LA Opera, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © Craig T. Mathew LA Opera

Until June 30, 2019

Happy Days

Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest shines as the leading lady in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. Meet Winnie—the show’s endearing protagonist who’s attempting to bridge the ever-increasing divide between her and her husband, and struggling against the earth itself as it threatens to swallow her whole, quite literally. There’s both laugh-out-loud humour and sobering pathos in this evocative performance.

Mark Taper Forum
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 7231
centertheatregroup.org
Image ©
Joan Marcus

Summer, 2019

Summer Shopping at Century City Westfield

Westfield Century City is a shopping mall that stands proudly in the heart of the affluent Century City square mile. Make the most of its chic outdoor restaurants and open-air layout during the summer months, while browsing more than 200 high-end, contemporary and international designer stores and three anchor department stores.

Century City Westfield, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90067
westfield.com/centurycity
+1 310 277 3898
Image © Westfield Century City

June 21, 2019

Summer Solstice at the Griffith Observatory

Offering impressive views of Los Angeles you’re unlikely to find anywhere in the city, the Griffith Observatory is the best seat in the house to experience the next Summer Solstice at 8:45am on June 21, 2019. The longest spell of daylight in the year, watch the world bathe in a golden glow from up high or attend the Observatory’s free public talk at noon.

Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
+1 213 473 0800
griffithobservatory.org
Image © iStock

Until July 7, 2019

Indecent

Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel’s play tells the remarkable story of another, Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, and the courageous performers who risked arrest to act it out on Broadway in 1923. In a bold indictment of censorship, Indecent travels back to an explosive moment for theatre and freedom of speech in the USA.

Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 628 2772
centertheatregroup.org
Image © Carol Rosegg

July 5 – 7, 2019

Mayerling

A three-act ballet originally created by celebrated choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan for the Royal Ballet in 1978, this production of Mayerling will be staged in the impeccably-elegant, 3,000-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center. With a musical score by Franz Liszt, Mayerling is filled with political intrigue, family secrets and danger.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA 90012
dorothychandlerpavilion.net
+1 213 972 0711
Image © iStock_Aksonov

July – August, 2019

Summer Concerts at The Grove

The free summer concert series at The Grove features performances from international talent as well as emerging stars. Set against the backdrop of the mall and next to the Farmers Market, the outdoor concerts are held under the warm, star-studded summer skies.

July – August, 2019
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
thegrovela.com
+1 323 900 8080
Image © Caruso

July 26 – August 4, 2019

Beverly Hills International Music Festival

The Beverly Hills International Music Festival returns for its 16th edition this July, featuring both emerging talent and established classical musicians. With performances taking place at the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion, this is an educational voyage into the world of chamber music.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Greystone Mansion bhmusicfestival.us
+1 310 779 7622
Image © iStock_Drbouz

July 9 – 14, 2019

Rent

Celebrating 20 years as a touring production, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play spends a week in Los Angeles this July. A novel spin on Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent takes audiences through a year in the lives of seven struggling artists, determined not to give up their dreams. Expect catchy rock numbers throughout and an uplifting message before the final curtain.

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90028
hollywoodpantages.com
+1 323 468 1770
Image © Carol Rosegg

Various dates until August, 2019

Summer Nights in the Garden

Taking full advantage of the balmy LA evenings, Summer Nights in the Garden returns with a myriad of draw cards, from music spun by a local DJ to hourly tours of the labyrinthine garden. Adults can enjoy botanical-inspired cocktails, while children can run riot with a variety of tailored activities.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 90007
+1 213 763 3466
nhm.org
Image © iStock_diliananikolova

Until August 18, 2019

Summer concert series at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl’s summer season kicks off with a firework-popping musical extravaganza on June 15 and rolls until mid-August. From rhythmic jazz to smooth classical ensembles, enjoy live concerts under the stars in one of LA’s most iconic landmarks. Highlights include evenings with Andrea Bocelli and Hugh Jackman.


Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
hollywoodbowl.com
+1 323 850 2000
Image © The Hollywood Bowl

Until August 18, 2019

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World

Winged, gnarled, clawed, ferocious and friendly creatures gallop across the pages of the Bestiary, a popular medieval literary work describing the beasts of the world. On loan to the Getty Center during summer, this major exhibition dives deep into the literary relic, with more than 100 antique extracts, illustrations and artworks on display.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu 
Image © iStock_Duncan1890

Select Fridays in summer

Jazz Evenings at LACMA

Bring a picnic and roll out a blanket on LACMA’s front lawn on select Friday nights in summer. The museum hosts jazz concerts headlined by the finest musicians in town, with legends such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Janis Mann, and Barbara Morrison having wowed audiences in the past.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © iStock_FredFroese

Until September 1, 2019

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 – 1983

A highly charged exhibition that collates over 150 works by more than 60 artists, Soul of a Nation is a vivid analysis of American culture during a period of political upheaval and social unrest. Key influencers from the art collectives that dominated the underground scene are featured alongside documentary photography and posters to contextualise this highly engaging movement.

The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 232 6200
thebroad.org
Image © Barbara Jones-Hogu Unite (First State) 1971

August 21 – 22, 2019

Jurassic Park in Concert

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra dazzles with John Williams’ hair-raising score from hit Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic Park. Stunning visuals and knock-out special effects accompany the performance, held at the city’s iconic concert stadium the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, 90068
+1 323 850 2000
hollywoodbowl.com
Image © The Hollywood Bowl

Until September 15, 2019

Reading between the Lines: Drawing Illustrations

Much more than mere marks on a page, illustrations conjure rich interpretations to make sense of reality. Exploring the importance of illustration before tech came to the fore, The Getty Center corrals some of its collection’s most intricate and beautiful 18th and 19th-century hand-wrought pieces to demonstrate their importance in art history.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

August – September, 2019

Los Angeles Times: The Taste

An annual celebration of South California’s culinary scene, the Los Angeles Times-sponsored The Taste marks the end of summer with a gastronomic crescendo of celebrity chef demonstrations, foodie events and tastings. The weekend event pays due tribute to the state’s generous contribution to global cuisine.

Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood 90038
events.latimes.com/taste
+1 800 528 4637
Image © iStock_Aleksandr_Vorobev

Until October 27, 2019

After Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

Immortalised by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, on which the Getty Villa was based on, has provided some extraordinary artefacts from the Roman world. After Vesuvius concentrates on nearly a thousand papyrus scrolls that were discovered, and attempts to unroll and read them—all supported by mosaics, sculptures and frescoes.

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
getty.edu
+1 310 440-7300
Image © iStock_khd86

September 14 – October 6, 2019

La Bohème

A highlight to launch the autumn season, La Bohème returns with a dazzling LA Opera production. Set against a romantic Parisian backdrop, a tale of love won and then tragically lost is told through Puccini’s timeless melodies. La Bohème ranks among the most performed operas in the world, and this skilled production rivals the best of them.

The Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012
laopera.org
+1 213 972 8001
Image © LA Opera

September 22 – November 2, 2019

Halloween Horror Nights

Fans of cult Halloween classics and slasher movies should head to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, where iconic film and televisions scenes are brought to life by the major motion picture studios. Haunted mazes, scare zones, and a Terror Tram experience on the Universal Backlot await. Enter at your peril.

Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
universalstudioshollywood.com
+1 800 864 8377
Image © iStock_urbazon

July 30 – January 5, 2019

In Focus: The Camera

Since its invention in the early 19th century, the camera has come a long way. Examining just how far, In Focus: The Camera brings together photographs and historic camera equipment from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. Focal points include flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu 
Image © Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy of Baudoin Lebon Kaitelman

July 28 – November 10, 2019

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light

Angling the spotlight at American modernist Mary Corse, this exhibition corrals a broad scale of works, from Corse’s early shaped canvases and freestanding sculptures to her breakthrough White Light paintings. Emerging in the 1960s, the abstract visionary is one of the few females associated with the West Coast’s Light and Space movement.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © Mary Corse_Flying Studio

September 2, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Nineteen Nineteen

Inaugurating The Huntington’s centennial celebrations—it has been 100 years since the Huntingtons transformed their property into a public institution—Nineteen Nineteen honours the beloved local institution. More than 250 objects dating back to 1919 are presented, from rare books, German Revolution posters, and suffragist pamphlets to photographs of Halley’s Comet, diary entries, and postcards.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
huntington.org
+1 626 405 2100
Image © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

September 22, 2019 – April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
lacma.org
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California